Partnership Manager


The Partnerships Manager is responsible for the development and implementation of regional and sub-regional career and technical education programs and services in collaboration with the Career Connected Learning Manager. This position will provide leadership and support to teachers, administrators, industry partners, and post-secondary systems in developing and maintaining sustainable experiential and/or work based learning and career pathway programs, experiences, and exploration. The Partnerships Manager must possess technology skills that allow for adaptability in program and training settings: including face-to-face, virtual, and hybrid.

Essential Functions

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  1. Collaborate with local industry representatives to determine workforce and or talent needs. 
  2. Develop and maintain relationships with training providers in order to develop necessary and responsive workforce solutions. 
  3. Provide opportunities for business and industry to assist with the development of training programs to include: apprenticeships, internships, job shadowing and work-based learning. 
  4. Build and maintain productive relationships with public-sector, private-sector and non-profit employers to create career pathways for future talent. 
  5. Develop and manage a database of employers and/or industry representatives and maintain regular communication through appropriate channels. 
  6. Liaison with Perkins Consortium leaders to maximize resources and align work.
  7. Support each community and district both independently and collaboratively, to align and focus efforts and activities for maximum impact. 
  8. Establish funding partnerships that provide ongoing support for regional programs and services. 
  9. Explore innovative industry-district collaborative opportunities, identify potential barriers, facilitate problem-solving, and recommend potential systemic changes to support fresh, innovative ideas. 
  10. Develop strong industry partnerships and cultivate sponsorship opportunities to support career connected learning initiatives. 
  11. Establish and maintain effective working relationships and partnerships with multiple stakeholders including administrators, teachers, learning teams, counselors, workforce development experts, and employers. 
  12. Provide regional information on the labor market and in demand careers within the region. 
  13. Coordinate an advisory committee with industry and district partners.
  14. Participate in a state-wide Career-Connected Learning Network. 
  15. Perform additional tasks and special projects on an as-needed basis. 16. Offer excellent customer service to our members, customers, partners, and staff. 17. Other duties as assigned. 


  1. Experience working in and with industry; good working knowledge of the region’s high demand industries especially as it relates to the workforce needs of employers.
  2. Knowledge of economic and workforce development practices, systems, and program design; knowledge of training systems.
  3. Experience seeking funding for non-profit programming. 
  4. Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail. 
  5. Experience in successful collaborative community engagement and partnerships.
  6. Effective written and verbal communication skills including writing, editing, and making presentations to groups and individuals. 
  7. Ability to work effectively and efficiently; individually and as a team member.
  8. Ability to show initiative in resolving problems. 
  9. Ability to assume responsibility, be well organized, execute initiatives from directives and approved self-initiatives. 
  10. Ability to build open, honest, and trustworthy relationships with people of various personality styles and behaviors – internally and externally. 
  11. Ability to function cooperatively as a member of the Resource team. 
  12. Ability to conduct oneself in a professional and customer service-based manner at all times. 
  13. Proficiency in adapting to new software and digital tools. 
  14. Experience with group facilitation. 

Education and Experience

Bachelor’s degree in a related field 

Minimum of three years experience working in industry/non-profit 

Valid MN Driver’s License

Environment & Physical Demands 

This job operates in a professional hybrid office environment. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, and filing cabinets. This is largely a sedentary role; however, some office organization and event set-up/tear-down is required. This would require the ability to move and lift 30 lbs., stand for extended periods of time and carry items a short distance as necessary.

Position Type/Expected Hours of Work 

This is a full-time position in a flexible work environment (both office & remote). Hours of work are generally Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., but occasional evening events and travel within the region is expected.

Other Duties

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties, or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

Salary and Benefits 

Competitive salary and benefits package.


Send resume, cover letter, and three letters of recommendation to Michelle Wang, Education Director,